I, like many of you, was screaming with joy at my monitor for a good chunk of yesterday. Crazy announcements were coming in from pretty much everyone. Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter to backwards compatibility on Xbox One to Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay.
Now, that I have had a chance to sleep on it – let’s dive into what the hell happened yesterday.
Sony and PlayStation
Let’s talk Sony first. Their PlayStation conference was incredibly well done. Sony knows their first party can’t compete with Xbox One’s first-party for holiday 2015. So, they made sure to grab exclusive DLC for the biggest third-party game – Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Plus, DLC for the new Hitman coming later this year and other various DLC partnerships.
Some of you might think it’s not a smart move. It’s always a smart move. Call of Duty still pulls in millions upon millions of gamers every year.
After that, Sony turned to the hype announcements. The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII remake and Shenmue 3 were met with thundering applause. They were fantastic announcements, but none of those games are coming this year.
Guerrilla Games revealed Horizon: Zero Dawn. Looks insane, but coming next year
No Man’s Sky. I just want to play it already. There is still no release date.
Dreams from Media Molecule. I had no idea what the hell I just watched, but I’m interested.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Again, 2016. But, damn that game is going to be epic.
You see where I’m going? Now, 2016 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the PlayStation brand – but what about now? I hope you’re still enjoying Destiny and Call of Duty.
Before everyone jumps on me, I’m not hating on PS4 at all. I thought their conference was great. Microsoft just did a better job of showing us a lineup of games we can play this year.
Microsoft and Xbox
Microsoft had a couple crazy announcements of their own. I was shocked by the backwards compatibility announcement.
Xbox Game Preview was another unexpected announcement. Now, when can I play H1Z1 Battle Royale on my Xbox One?
And, did you see that controller? $150 is a bit steep, but damn I want one.
The Xbox team trotted out their heavy hitters in the games department. Halo 5: Guardians opened the conference, and it looks great. Halo: MCC was a let down for many Halo fans. Can 343 Industries redeem themselves? I think they can and they will.
Another big piece of news was Fallout 4 on Xbox One getting PC mods. Todd Howard later said that PS4 owners will also be getting mods at some point after Xbox One.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was finally made official. Plus, a beta is available right now and will last a week. I played a couple of matches last night, and that 60fps feels so good.
We also got a sneak peak of Gears of War 4. What we could see, which wasn’t much, looked insane.
Forza 6 is your typical Turn 10 outing. Stunning graphics and stunning gameplay.
Rise of the Tomb Raider also looked great and is coming this holiday on Xbox One first.
Ubisoft and EA
Ubisoft and EA were not as good as Microsoft or Sony, but there were solid reveals from both.
My favorite part of yesterday had to be Star Wars: Battlefront. I’m a Star Wars nerd through and through and had goosebumps the whole time.
Ubisoft revealed a really interesting game with For Honor.
Ubisoft continued to pull Tom Clancy games out of their hat with Ghost Recon: Wild Lands. The gameplay demo looked fantastic. The graphics didn’t look so good as to make me question if the final game would look like that either. I guess Ubisoft learned a thing or two from Watch Dogs and The Division.
Ubisoft also revealed South Park: The Fractured But Whole. This time with superheroes.
Honestly, yesterday was incredible. Microsoft killed it with their games and feature announcements. Sony brought the hype with The Last Guardian and Shenmue 3. EA/DICE gave me chills with their Star Wars: Battlefront multiplayer footage.
And, there’s still so much I haven’t even seen. What were your favorite announcement(s)?